Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

15 February 2013

Tanzania: Maasai Women to Sell Their Wares in Netherlands

Arusha — THE Federation of Dutch Labour Movement has promised to help Maasai women investors in Monduli to secure markets for their traditional products in Belgium and other parts of Europe.

The "Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging" (FNV) has decided to start working with its local Tanzanian counterpart, the Tanzania Union of Industrial and Commercial Workers (TUICO) in assisting the Maasai women of Arusha in formalizing their small scale venture into something more profitable.

The lucky recipients of such an endeavour are the women who make and sell cultural artifacts in Monduli, who trade cultural ornaments, artifacts, shoes, sandals and clothing at the Snake Park in Miserani, along the main Arusha-Dodoma road.

The Deputy Director General for TUICO, Mr Jonas Majura, revealed that the country's largest Trade Union will be working with its Belgium-based, trade movement (FNV) to assist small-scale women entrepreneurs of Monduli, and already the initial steps in training the women have started.

"Members of the Maasai Market Women Group of Mirerani have just undergone special training sessions held in Arusha and coordinated by the Arusha Regional Trade Officer, Mr Huruma Kabendwa," revealed the TUICO officer.

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